History & Estate
2,600 years ago. In a hidden part of Provence, on the lands of Châteauvert, Gallo-Romans were already cultivating the hills irrigated by the Argens River.
On this land bathed in many pure springs, people then produced wheat, oil, wine, fruits and vegetables. This is how the estate of Château Margüi was born, made evident by the remains and amphoras discovered in 2002.
In the 17th century, the Domaine de Margüi was operated by a family from Aix in Provence. In 1784, they built the main house, in the typical style of the Aix bastides of the time: a whitewashed façade, 600 m2 on 3 floors, overlooking a French garden connected by a magistral staircase. Additional buidings; a Silk Workshop, a Sheep Pen and a Pigeon Loft were also erected over the years, as was traditional for grand properties.
During the First World War, labour was lacking to maintain the land and a period of fire weakened the estate.
In the 1920s and 1930s, crops flourished: melons, apricots, almonds, wheats, grapes, olives… This period of glory was similar to the earlier years of prosperity when the Domain was first developed.
The Heiress of the property sold the estate in 1999 to Marie-Christine and Philippe Guillanton, who relaunched a wine production at Château Margüi.
From 2000, the vines were replanted, the Bastide was also renovated and a chapel was built backing to the west façade.
In 2017, the Domain joined the collection of Skywalker Vineyards:
The natural beauty and magic of the surroundings echo those of other Skywalker Vineyards of Marin County, in California, and Viandante del Cielo de Passignano sul Trassimeno, in Italy.
Today, Château Margüi is made up of 15 hectares of vineyards, 5 hectares of olive trees and 65 hectares of forest, where one can admire multiple species of trees and century-old conifers.
Under the supervision of Georges Lucas the priority is to continue the renovation work with an essentially Provençal authenticity, in order to make it a place of excellence and to produce exceptional wines.